If you’re anything like me, August brings excitement and anticipation for the new school year. The days before students arrive are a time filled with meetings, trainings, and hopefully some time to yourself to prepare for the coming year.
I have found over the years that I tune my band less and less. In the past, I would frequently ask a student to sound a pitch, perhaps on tuba or oboe, and have the rest of the ensemble play their own notes and compare.
Just like your students, the new SmartMusic has seen a lot of improvement this school year. In this archived webinar, you’ll learn about those improvements from two of MakeMusic’s finest: Ryan Sargent, manager for content and education, and Ashley Litwack, product lead for the new SmartMusic.
We all know that doing warm ups is important as part of a daily routine for instrumental music teachers. Individual and group warm ups can serve multiple functions that include physical, mental, and technical preparation for rehearsal.
Last month we talked about the SmartMusic carousel. This musical “lazy susan,” found on SmartMusic’s homepage, makes it easy for both you and your students to explore the SmartMusic repertoire library.
One of the trickiest tasks a jazz director faces is teaching students to perform swing. Not only must educators handle the changes to notation that come with jazz charts, but they also teach students to accent and feel the syncopations native to swing styles.